Tower Captain's Report 2009

Tower Captain Report 2009

'Are we there yet?' Asked Hasu as we left Bridgwater altogether on our way to our heat of the final of the Association Striking Competition which was held at Lympsham, a challenging anti clockwise ring near Weston Super Mare. The judge said we were nervous which helped him to place us last. We decided to celebrate by having an ice cream at Burnham on Sea which rounded off a very enjoyable afternoon.

In September five members went on the Branch outing to Abergavenny, ringing in various towers and an enjoyable day was had by all.

During the year Richard organised us to clear and clean out the clock room, also we hosted two coffee mornings for Church Funds, opened the tower on Carnival Day, and enjoyed a Christmas Meal at the Tudor Restaurant.

Our ringing activities included Julia's ordination,  8 Weddings one where we were asked to join in singing, Light up a Life, the Town Carol Service and at Chilton Trinity for the benefice service.

John Long has become and member of the Association and Steve Holman will become a member at the next meeting in April and Tony, our newest recruit, is making good progress.

We welcome Kate and David Cameron, who have moved to Othery from Dorking, who support us and enable us to progress our method ringing.  During the year we have welcomed many visiting ringers who have been on holiday heard the bells and decided joined us.

Keith Petersen, who was our Assistant Tower Captain and Steeple Keeper at the beginning of the year, has decided to take time out and since moved to Taunton, but he has told me that he will come back to visit us from time to time.

I know you are all waiting to see what targets I am going to set, while they are the same as last year with one exception

1    To ring Plain Hunt on 7 bells

2    To recruit more members to our art of bellringing

3    To attend 8 bells practices both here and at other towers

I would like to thank the other committee members Keith and Richard for their support, enthusiasm and commitment in driving the tower forward in getting a simulator, which is being installed on March 30th  and arranging for the Bath and Wells Association of Change Ringers Library to be housed  here in the clockroom.

Finally I would like to thank you all for your continued support, companionship, sense of fun and keeping the art of bellringing here at St Marys. an enjoyable experience, long by it continue.